Where to Nature Journal in South Africa

Wherever you are in South Africa, start your nature journaling journey at home or in a familiar place. If you live in a flat or complex, spend time in the courtyard or flowers beds, look for birds and bugs. If your home or school has a vegetable garden, explore the life in and around it. Many neighbourhoods have parks or public gardens.

There are a vast number of nature-rich, protected spaces throughout the country: national botanical gardens, nature reserves and game reserves. 


Explore the wildlife sanctuaries and rehabilitation centres in KwaZulu-Natal and Western Cape.


Seek shelter and comfort indoors, when it is too hot, too cold, too windy or unpleasant outdoors. We added suggestions for indoor nature spaces in KwaZulu-Natal, Western Cape and Gauteng. 

We continue to gather new content to expand these lists. Please send us suggestions of your favourite nature spaces. At the moment, we have the following information to share with you.

Parks and Gardens

Parks and gardens provide green spaces in urban areas. Gardens often have set times for opening and closing. Parks are usually open at all times. However, it may be unsafe to visit parks in the early morning, late afternoon and evening. If a park looks neglected, or if you feel unsafe, move to one of the many other options.

The condition of parks and gardens change over time. Only you can assess the safety of a place. Only you know your own risk comfort zone. 

Whether or not a place is suitable for nature journaling depends on you. What do you need? Do you need quiet, calm and a break for crowds and bustle? Does music or people playing ball unsettle your concentration on nature?

Many parks and gardens have peak periods of human activity: weekend afternoons, school holidays, public holidays, etc. Popular public spaces may host events such as concerts, sporting events, walking or bike challenges. Other places are in the midst of vibrant surroundings. This means that they are busy, noisy, and the air quality may be poor.  

If you can, check before you go. If you do not feel at ease when you arrive, find another spot. 

In and Around Durban

In and around Pietermaritzburg

Nature Reserves and Protected Areas

In and around Durban
In and Around Pietermaritzburg and Midlands
KwaZulu-Natal, Southern Regions
KwaZulu-Natal, Northern Regions

KwaZulu-Natal, Drakensberg

Wildlife Sanctuaries & Rehabilitation Centres





   Between Durban and Pietermaritzburg



  Port Edward


Western Cape

  Plettenberg Bay

Indoor Nature Spaces for Rainy Days







Western Cape

   Cape Town


  Klapmuts near Paarl


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